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Combining Wisdom and Power

May 28, 2010

Ulaa, Patagonia, Chile

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.” I know, I know. Einstein wasn’t talking about power in the sense of energy. But I am. And here’s a chance to be smart with your electrical devices: power strips.

Have you read The Good Human‘s post on “How One Sentence Can Save Someone $600 In Utility Bills“? It’s simple: “Everything that is powered by electricity in my house and uses vampire standby power is on power strips, and they all get turned off when not in use.”

Was that clear enough? Remember when I suggested putting all electrical devices to power strips, and turn them off before leaving the office each evening? Did you do that yet? How many times have we all read about putting everything on power strips and turning them off? I’d say a $600 USD annual home savings is a pretty clear personal benefit, not to mention a great gesture for the planet.

This is something that can be applied at home and at the office.You have two opportunities to save both money and the planet with power strips.

And for your hotel rooms, well, remember when I suggested installing a door-key-card–controlled electricity system, where guests remove their card when they leave and the whole room automatically “turns off”? This is basically like having a giant power strip for the entire room. Same concept. Apparently this technology can save up to 45% in heating and cooling energy during peak seasons, with average savings being 26%.

I’d say that’s pretty significant.

At least one outlet can be excluded from the turn-off system so that guests can charge electronic devices while they are out of the room (and not be caught returning to a dead battery when they thought they had left it charging).

The system does involve a certain initial investment (systems range between $50 and $450 USD per room), but the savings are huge in the long run, and the system will quickly pay for itself (and help the environment in the process).

Of course, there’s also the option of making all your rooms candlelit and free of electricity, as we have in two of our own eco hotels in Mexico, but that’s not an option for everyone.

I’m all for power strips (and key card systems) as a smart way to conserve energy at home, in the office, and in hotel rooms. Give it a try, and let us know how much you saved on your first month.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2010 02:00

    Those door-key-card–controlled electricity systems are neat! I recently stayed in a hotel that had one, and I’d never seen it before. Impressive! Superb idea.

  2. June 8, 2010 11:57

    I know. Not only do you not have to go around and turn everything off individually before leaving the room, but it ensures the hotel that people who tend to leave lights on, can’t.


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